Mayor of Matsue Japan to Visit Garden

We are excited to learn that the Hon. Masataka Matsuura, the mayor of Matsue, Japan, will be visiting New Orleans on October 7 and 8, 2011.  His visit to New Orleans is part of a larger good will trip to the U.S. which will take him to several American cities.  Since New Orleans and Matsue are “sister cities,” we are especially pleased that the mayor will be here.  He will be hosted by the Hon. Mitch Landrieu, mayor of New Orleans.  Donna Fraiche, a member of our board of governors and Japan’s Honorary Consul in New Orleans is helping to coordinate the trip.

On October 7, we at Yakumo Nihon Teien will be honored to host a reception at the Garden Study Center for Mayor Matsuura and his delegation.  This will include an evening tour of our garden.  On Saturday, Oct. 8, the mayor will be engaged in activities related to Japan Fest, held in City Park at the Museum of Art and the Botanical Garden.

Here is a quote from Mayor Landrieu’s letter welcoming Mayor Matsuura:

“Our two cities have long benefited from exchanges of ideas and frequent visits between our leaders.  We hold dearly the tradition begun by Kaizumi Yakumo (Lafcadio Hearn) and the signing of our Sister City agreement in March 1994, and we look forward to turning the next page of our celebrated history together.  During your visit to New Orelans, I hope that you will be able to visit the Yakumo Japanese Garden in City Park and attend Japan Fest hosted by the New Orleans Museum of Art on October 8, 2011.  The festival is a celebration of Japanese culture through the display of authentic Japanese crafts, ceremonies and music.  It gives me great honor to be able to extend this invitation to you and I hope that you will accept it as another token of our friendship.”

The current plan, if the Mayor’s schedule allows, is to hold our reception from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, October 7.  We will be sure and post pictures of the event on our “digital diary” page.